Located in the west of Colombia, in the coffee producing region, Pereira is situated in a small valley between Colombia’s three major cities: Bogota, Cali and Medellin. You may know it as Catalina’s hometown from the critically-acclaimed telenovela Sin Senos no hay Paraiso…then again, you may not. If you’re not a telenovela fan, take my word for it: Pereira women are some of the sexiest in the country.
DATING IN PEREIRA
Pereira has a reputation in Colombia for having easy girls. This reputation is not unearned: sack-play here comes easier than in most other Colombia cities (except maybe Cali). However, there is one caveat: it is somewhat hard to meet girls at a bar or club if you go alone or even as a duo. This is basically the case in all of Colombia. In Pereria, I’d suggest trying to meet girls during the day at the park or the mall, or going to a sit down bar/restaurant in the early evening to try and find a group to hit the town with (don’t worry, this will all be easier to do than you think). Even a group of gringos is better than nothing, but if you can get in with some Colombians you will tear the lid off the place.
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WOMEN IN PEREIRA
Not as hot as Medellin, hotter than Bogota. Probably the best “value” of any Colombian city in terms of the (very scientific) hooking-up to hotness of female ratio. Girls in Pereria look more like Catalina Denis than they do Shakira…which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me. Walking around Pereira, you will fall in love at least ten times a day.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN PEREIRA
$3o0.00. Spend more to get more. In Pereira, you might want to lest you end up with a terrible apartment in an unsavoury area. You can cross over to neighbouring Dosquebradas for slightly cheaper rent.
NIGHTLIFE IN PEREIRA
Pereria has a very respectable nightlife scene. There are a number of bars located on and around La Circunvalar near the Kolibri hostel. There are some more bars between Parque Policia and Parque El Lago, but the stuff around Carrera 13 is better. Stick to this area if you’re only in town for a short stay.
I recommend: The biggest and baddest one has to be Paradise but, although it’s a hell of a good time, I’d recommend the Tropical Cocktails, a club that is a chain in Colombia.
IS PERERIA SAFE?
Pereira can be dangerous, and people from other Colombian cities will not hesitate to tell you this. Enough time in Pereira, and you’ll probably get robbed in some fashion. The good news is that the crime isn’t usually too violent, and common sense and a bit of street smarts go a long way. I’d say it’s more dangerous for tourists than Medellin.
COST OF LIVING IN PEREIRA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $555 USD/month to live in Pereira, Colombia
So far, I’ve probably made Pereira sound like paradise. There’s beautiful women, great nightlife and easy sex. Ready for the downside? Here it comes: the city itself isn’t all that aesthetically appealing. It’s industrial and there isn’t much to do. Although there are many activities in the surrounding areas – which are beautiful – if you stay in the city itself, you’ll get bored within the week. The girls would be enough to keep me here for awhile except for the fact that – in addition to being gritty and dull – Pereira isn’t very safe. It’s a shame because with some polishing Pereira could be one of Latin America’s hidden gems.
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OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
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